Born in a Punjab Jat family, Yuvraj Singh started his career of sports with Roller Skating and Tennis. He was really good at skating which helped him to win the National U-14 Roller Skating Championship. The active kid got early popularity not just because of this but also for acting in 2 Punjabi films named, Putt Sardara and Mehndi Sajna Di. He hailed from a school named “DAV Public School” in Chandigarh which was also the school of Kapil Dev, the Great Indian Cricket Legend.
Career of Yuvraj Singh
His career started in 1995-96 at the age of 11 years and 11 months when he played U-12 Cricket for the Punjab Team. In the next season, the board promoted him to play U-19 for Punjab and that wasn’t enough for a young kid. He scored a century making 137 runs not out in a match against Himachal Pradesh. How many times have you heard such a thing about a talent? The rest of his career is something no Indian should be reminded of because everybody knows it. His story is full of achievements which speaks about his rest of the story.
- First player to:
- Hit consecutive six 6s in T20 format and 2nd in all international formats
- Be Man of the series in both T20 and ODI World cups
- Pick up 5 wickets and hit a half century in a single world cup match
- Yuvraj is the second Indian cricketer signed by English county Yorkshire after Sachin Tendulkar. Very few overseas players receive this honour
- And, the list goes on…
Great innings against Cancer for Yuvraj Singh
In the shining lights of Wankhede stadium in 2011, when the whole nation was feeling the joy of being Indian, the man of the match’s cancer surfaced. People thought Yuvi might not be seen at all but he rose like a phoenix from the ashes and and then return proves the mettle this man possess. The experience of going through chemo therapy led him to start his new great initiative “YouWeCan” which helps cancer patients in their treatment.
To rise again to international level, Yuvi started from the basics again. With his relentless hard work he led the Punjab Team to begin the second innings of his career. And, then the lightning struck again when Yuvi scored 600 runs in just 5 Ranji matches. He continued the form in the IPLs followed and was the most expensive player in 2014 and 2015. And, all hell broke loose, when he posted his career’s best total of 150 runs in 127 balls. Every shot he hits now strengthens the belief of cancer patients across the World that life can be normal after the illness. As normal as Yuvraj Singh hitting those nonchalant sixes. Cancer survivors couldn’t have asked for a better brand ambassador.
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